Q4-2021 FDP Exam: Registration opens April 30th, 2021. 



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Management Team | Advisory Board | Curriculum Committee 


MEHRZAD MAHADAVI

Mehrzad is the executive director of the FDP institute. He is also the chairperson of the Board of LanesX and TenRivers. Prior to his current position, Mehrzad was CEO of CyberSafe ID, the Chief Digital Officer of Weatherford Intl, and a Global Vice President of Schlumberger. Mehrzad began his career as a Research Scientist at Battelle Labs.
Mehrzad is a business and technology leader with an international reputation and career focusing on digital transformation in multiple sectors including financial services, high technology, industrials, and energy.
PhD, Nuclear Science, University of Michigan
Post Doc, University of Michigan



JANE BUCHAN

Jane is a strategic advisor to the FDP institute. Jane is co-founder and recently retired CEO of PAAMCO Prisma Holdings, which grew to $32 billion in AUM.   She served as the Chairwoman for CAIA.  She was formerly an Assistant Professor of Finance at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Jane began her career at J.P. Morgan Investment Management in the Capital Markets Group.
In March 2020, Jane was named to the Barron's 100 Most Influential Women in US Finance and in 2015 she was named to the Investhedge Hall of Fame.
PhD and an MA in Business Economics (Finance) from Harvard University.
BA in Economics from Yale University. 



MISHA GRABOI

Misha is a strategic advisor to the FDP institute. Misha is the former Chief Executive Officer of PAAMCO Asia the Asia-Pacific Division of PAAMCO Prisma, a global alternative asset manager with over US$32bn in AUM.  Previously, he served as  a technology-based Director and Co-Founder of Rigel Associates, a technology-focused advisory and principal investment group based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Misha has also been an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, andbegan his career at Oppenheimer and Company. 
BSBA from Georgetown University, Magna Cum Laude
Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, Magna Cum Laude
Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Baker Scholar 



WILLIAM J. KELLY

William (Bill) J. Kelly is the CEO of the CAIA Association. Bill has been a frequent industry speaker, writer, and commentator on alternative investment topics around the world since taking the leadership role at the CAIA Association in January, 2014. Previously, Bill was the CEO of Boston Partners and one of seven founding partners of the predecessor firm, Boston Partners Asset Management which, prior to a majority interest being sold to Robeco Group in Rotterdam in 2002, was an employee-owned firm. Bill’s career in the institutional asset management space spans over 30 years where he gained extensive managerial experience through successive CFO, COO and CEO roles. In addition to his current role, Bill is a tireless advocate for shareholder protection and investor education and is currently the Chairman and lead independent director for the Boston Partners Trust Company. He has previously served as an independent director and audit committee chair for ’40 Act Mutual Funds and other financial services firms. He is also currently an Advisory Board Member of the Certified Investment Fund Director Institute which strives to bring the highest levels of professionalism and governance to independent fund directors around the world. A member of the board of the CAIA Association, Bill also represents CAIA in similar capacities via their global partnerships with other associations and global regulators. Bill began his career as an accountant with PwC and is a designated Audit Committee Financial Expert in accordance with SEC rules. Follow Bill Kelly on Twitter @CAIA_BillKelly 


HOSSEIN KAZEMI

Dr. Hossein Kazemi, Ph.D., CFA, is the Senior Advisor to the CAIA Association’s Program and the FDP Institute.. He helps with the development of the CAIA program's curriculum, directs the CAIA Association’s academic partnership program, and leads the curriculum development of the FDP Institute.. In addition he serves as the editor of Alternative Investment Analyst Review, which is published by the CAIA Association. Dr. Kazemi has been involved in the CAIA Association since inception as a senior adviser and board member. In addition, he has worked with universities and industry organizations to introduce them to the CAIA program. Dr. Kazemi is a Professor of Finance at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Kazemi is currently the Director of the Center for International Securities & Derivatives Markets, a nonprofit organization devoted to research in the area of alternative investments, a co-founder of the CAIA Association, and home to CISDM Hedge Fund/CTA Database and the Journal of Alternative Investments, the official research publication of the CAIA Association. His research has been in the areas of valuations of equity and fixed income securities, asset allocation for traditional and alternative asset classes, and evaluation and replication of active management investment products. He has a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Michigan. Dr. Kazemi lives in Northampton, MA, with his wife and son.



MIRJAM DEKKER 

Mirjam is the Project Manager at the FDP Institute, leading operations and program implementation.

Mirjam is a Deutsche Bank Alum, Global Banking Division Amsterdam, where she served a global portfolio of clients. Previously Mirjam was a global sales lead for wholesale AV provider IAVI as well as a National Account Manager of data-driven marketing implementation with Direct Options. 

Most recently Mirjam served as Director of Strategic Partnerships with KnowledgeWorks Foundation, designing statewide learning strategies connecting K-12 through higher education and into careers; and developing competency-based education solutions.

Mirjam has an MBA in Business Data Analytics (Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH) as well as an MS in Talent Management & Organizational Development also from Xavier University.


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